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Volcanic Lizard

Volcanic Lizard
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Copyright: Shir Goldberg (shirgold) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 286 W: 105 N: 591] (2748)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-06
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-04-23 11:42
Viewed: 4959
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After a while without posting I am very happy to be back with some new material :-)

Captured on the slopes of the mighty Vesuvius.
A very warm spring day brought the lizards to view - they were everywhere and it was fun trying to capture them.
I am not sure about the ID but I will post a workshop that shows the body as well so hopefully someone can help me with the ID.

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2007-04-23 11:47]

Hi Shir,
Great to see you back!A cracking image with wonderful detail and lovely light.The DOF is just perfect emphasising its face amd making it seem to peer out of the image.It really seems to have an eye for you....I noticed the reflection!
Regards, David

Buenos detalles y una nitidez fabulosa Shir.
Preciosos colores.
Saludos amigo, JL.

Hi Shir,
Well composed image with great light. I like the shallow DOF as well.
Good work

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  • Bac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 93 W: 3 N: 33] (486)
  • [2007-04-23 12:32]
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Hello Shir,

The sharpness is very good, i'm impressed because he looks big but he mustn't be bigger than 25cm isn't ? Nice shot. TFS.


Hi Shir,
Amazing portrait of this lizard!
The composition made, with the swallow DOF is so good.
The textures and colours seen on the skin are so rich and vivid.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-24 5:15]

Hi Shir

Nice to see you back and posting :)
I'm also glad to see you with some new shots, especially so beautiful as these ones! Both of them are SUPERB!
I checked for the ID, but there are really many species of similar in Italy. However, i may take a chance and suggest this might be a Podarcis sicula - the Italian wall lizard. An upper POV shots to see the marking on the back would really be welcomed for a 100% ID.

Anyway, in means of photography, this is a superb portrait and the details and textures are really fantastic! How close were you able to get to it without scaring it?
The shallow DOF works great here and really concentrates all the attention and the eye-region of the lizard's face.
I must say that i raelly love th WS picture, too. Taken from a side POV it shows the habitat of the subject very nicely.
The side marking are also gorgeous and all the colors are brilliant!
All-in-all: an outstanding post! Hope to see many more like this!

Bravo and TFS

Muy buenas Shir
Impresionante retrato el que nos muestras de este lagarto y lo que más me gusta son esos contraluces que tiene.
Un abrazo.

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-04-24 10:09]

WOW! Stunning macro, Shir!!
Excellent sharpness, point of view, DOF, light, colors... and a marvellous composition!
Congratulations and TFS.
Best wishes

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-04-26 4:17]

Hello Shir,
What a brilliant capture of this interesting lizard! Great details with focus on the eye and I like his pose. Excellent composition!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hola Shir,
Excelente toma, la nitidez en la cara y el ojo es excelente, me gusta la profundidad de campo elegida, que resalta más sus facciones. Saludos
José Ramón

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-05-05 11:14]

Hello Shi
Gosh, he looks smiling and those eyes 're really expressive....wonderful close up shot with all the details.
TFS & Cheers

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